Panic As Residents Kill Three Pythons In Lagos
Some security guards of Greenland Estate in the Mende, Maryland area of Lagos State killed three 30-foot pythons in the early hours of Tuesday. The killing of the reptiles however brought panic into the estate as residents expressed fear for their safety.
Report has it that the animals were exposed after the dredging activities of the Lagos State Government.
It was gathered that after killing the pythons, the security guards on the estate put them up for sale for N10,000.
The Vice Chairman of the estate, Sola Adekoya, said more than 15 pythons had been killed on the estate in 2016 alone, urging the government to find a lasting solution to the overgrown canals in the area.
“The security men and some squatters caught the three pythons this morning around 8am. The giant snakes were about 30-foot long.
“We have seen more than 15 pythons this year alone; the guards kill them regularly. The reason is that the canals are overgrown and the snakes always hide under the canals. We need government’s intervention on time to avoid any tragedy.”
He said, “These snakes are worth a fortune abroad. The Lagos State Government should conduct a wildlife survey in order to preserve threatened animals and plants.
“How can you be talking of a mega city without a green zone or a biological garden? The young men have gone to sell the snakes for N10,000; a generation of rare animal species gone down the throat in less than 24 hours. This merely reflects poverty of ideas in governance.””